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UN Seeks Comments on Blockchain Technology

by Reed Smith on

Following the trend of regulators across the globe, the United Nations Office for Project Services’ (“UNOPS”) issued a request for information regarding the application of blockchain technologies on April 24, 2017. The UNOPS...more

The ESAs Published a Joint Committee Report on Cross-Sector Risks Facing EU Financial System

On April 20, 2017, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (the “ESAs“) published its April 2017 report on risks and vulnerabilities in the EU financial system. The ESA highlights the following main...more

ESRB Reports on Revision of EMIR

On April 21, 2017, the European Systemic Risk Board (“ESRB“) published a report on the revision of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (the “EMIR“). The report welcomes the European Commission’s November 2016...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo’s Board Chair, Stephen Sanger, did survive his reelection vote the other day. Barely. But Breakingviews thinks he should think awfully hard about his future as a Director at the bank....more

IRS Updates FATCA FAQs, Addresses January Temporary Regulations

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On April 6, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) added three new frequently asked questions to its Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) compliance page, which is available only online. These additional FAQs...more

Frequently asked questions: non-Canadian funds selling in Canada

by DLA Piper on

The purpose of this paper is to provide a high-level overview of certain regulations applicable to non-Canadian closed-ended investment funds1 marketing to Canadian investors. Please see full Paper below for more...more

Day 19 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Risk Ranking in the Supply Chain [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

One of the areas many companies do not focus on enough is possible corruption in their Supply Chain (SC) for goods and services provided on a company’s behalf. The FCPA risks can be just as great through those entry points as...more

Quelles Consequences Sur Vos Contrats De Marche En Cas De Frexit ?

Avec une proportion non négligeable de candidats à la présidence de la France favorables à la sortie de l’Europe ou à la renégociation de certains traités, l’éventualité d’un Frexit au lendemain du Brexit n’a jamais été aussi...more

European Commission Requests Comments on FinTech

by Reed Smith on

On March 23, 2017, the European Commission (“EC”) published a Consultation Document entitled “FinTech: A More Competitive and Innovative European Financial Sector.” The Consultation Document seeks comments regarding the...more

Day 18 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Freight Forwarders [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

The FCPA world is littered with cases involving freight forwarders, brokers and agents in the shipping and express delivery arena. Both the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have aggressively...more

"E-Commerce in India on the Rise"

Despite the headwinds facing Indian e-commerce start-ups, some of which had irrational cost structures and business models based solely on discounts, the overall success and potential of this sector, as well as its...more

Asymmetric jurisdiction clauses in finance agreements – where are we now?

by Dentons on

Asymmetric jurisdiction clauses have been a common feature of English law finance agreements for many years, but there can be risks in using them. This article explains the most important recent developments for parties that...more

"UK Tracks OFAC Model in Issuing Guidance on Monetary Penalties for Breaches of Financial Sanctions"

As previously reported, the Policing and Crime Act 2017 (the Act) introduced a series of major changes to the U.K. financial sanctions regime. The changes, which came into force on April 1, 2017, included the creation of new...more

The Growth of European Covenant Lite

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In 2016, global sponsors and their advisers were successful in continuing to export their experiences from financing transactions in the US leveraged loan and global bond markets to the European leveraged loan market, and...more

LNG-to-power: Key Bankability Considerations for FSRU-to-IPP Project Structures

by King & Spalding on

Introduction/Synopsis - The growth of “LNG-to-power,” by which we mean the use of regasified LNG as a feedstock fuel for power generation, is largely attributable to a combination of economic, political and technical...more

A Primer on Canadian Sanctions Legislation

Canada, like other major jurisdictions, has introduced a broad range of economic and financial sanctions targeting foreign states and their nationals, as well as various terrorist organizations. Given that Canada is in...more

Day 17 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Distributor Compensation [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

One of the issues in any compliance program is the compensation paid to a third party as FCPA exposure arises when companies pay money - either directly or indirectly - to fund bribe payments. In the traditional intermediary...more

Day 16 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Terminating a Third Party [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

At some point, you will be required to terminate a third-party and there will be multiple legal, compliance and business issues to navigate going forward. If you are stuck doing it in the middle of a Foreign Corrupt Practices...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 36, McFadden Remarks on FCPA Enforcement [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a very deep dive into two recent speeches by Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Principal Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden in which he addressed multiple topics and issues...more

Debit cards, Offshore Funds and a John Doe Summons

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

IRS remains committed to its priority efforts to stop offshore tax evasion wherever it occurs. It pursues cases in all jurisdictions of the world. Over the years, numerous individuals have been identified as evading US...more

The 2017 Automotive Mergers and Acquisitions Outlook

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we stand here in early 2017, we are further away from the all-time high in valuations and deal activity that we witnessed in 2015; but despite signs that the extended expansion cycle for the industry may be plateauing,...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - April 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 15

CFTC - CFTC Extends Previously Granted No-Action Relief for Swap Dealers Complying With EU Requirements - On April 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times gives us an intriguing long read on Uber’s Travis Kalanick, the controversial CEO whose vision has helped propel the ride-hailing company even as his no-limits approach has led the company into months of crisis....more

IRS Targets Globally-Mobile Individuals and Businesses: The Importance of Proactive Planning

IRS targets globally-mobile individuals and businesses through its Global High Wealth Industry Group and its Large Business and International Division. Targeted taxpayers find these audits distracting, taking time from...more

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